24 Hour Social Media Detox | By Harrison

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At 6:00pm on Saturday the 12th of August, I said goodbye to social media… well for 24 hours anyway. I realised that I spend far too much time endlessly scrolling through Facebook, liking pictures on Instagram, retweeting on twitter and tagging friends in (hilarious) memes. So I thought I’d do a little experiment…

24 hours with absolutely no social media. Nothing. Completely cold turkey. No allowances. For a whole 24 hours I wasn’t allowed to check anything. The only thing I allowed myself was Youtube… I couldn’t miss out on all the Sunday uploads.

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Let me tell you, It was pretty tough. I get it, social media isn’t everything but it’s a part of life now. Everyone is on it and if you’re not, you’re either weird or old. But I started to realise that It had just taken over my life. Whenever I was free or unoccupied, I filled that time with scrolling. I wanted to know what it was like to not have my phone surgically attached to my hip at all times & be more ‘In the Moment‘.

// So here’s how it went \\

Hour 1 – Was weird. I sort of felt a little lost. I kept wanting to reach for my phone. This was the adjustment period.

Hour 2-14 – I head out with Kate to take her dog for a walk and grab dinner. After that I came home, got ready for bed and slept. Laying in bed was strange. Usually I scroll through social media before heading to bed, so not being able to do that was… odd.

Hour 15 – By this point, it’s first thing in the morning and I’m fully ready to wake up and scroll through all my feeds. But no, I resist and instead watch some Youtube videos before getting out of bed, get ready and head out early. Allowing myself no time to get bored and resist the temptation.

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Hour 16-20 – I spent the morning out with the family, grabbed breakfast and head to the beach for a walk. It was incredible weather, so I was distracted by all the goings on and getting my ‘tan on‘. I then went home & instead of sitting in the garden enjoying the weather, I sat and watched The Girl On The Train… Again, a good distraction.

Hour 21-23 – Once the film had finished, I again got the temptation to pick up my phone. However, by this point I was actually enjoying the fact I was well and truly disconnected. I had no way of knowing what was going on, I didn’t have any update and I wasn’t lost in someone’s Twitter feed. By this point, I was actually enjoying it.

The Final Hour – By this point, It was all already done. I’m sad enough to admit, but I was actually looking forward to opening my Instagram feed & catching up on everyone’s stories. However, by this point I was feeling victorious and proud that I had managed to keep to it & not give in.

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// What I Learnt \\

I rely far too much on social media – Whether it’s a boredom fix or just habit, I’ve become far too attached to social media.

It’s great to disconnect – I’m going to try and do this once a month. The disconnection is healthy.

There are better things going on – Yes, the world doesn’t revolve around someone’s food shot on Instagram or someone’s hilarious gif on Twitter.

I love social media – Although I’ve enjoyed the experiment and yes, I’m going to try and spend less time on it, the truth is, I love social media. It’s a great form of communication and actually, I don’t think many people (including myself) could survive without it.

So the experiment, was it worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes. Could I do it for longer than 24 hours? Absolutely fu**ing not!

| Harrison |

 

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